The Twilight Zone

Season 4 Episode 8


Aired Unknown Feb 21, 1963 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • Goof: When Duvall's character smashes the showcase glass in the museum to save the girl from being attacked, the camera focuses in on the dollhouse behind him, and the figures aren't there.

    • Goof: When Robert Duvall is given the museum doll by the psychiatrist in his office, the camera takes a shot of his hand holding it. Even though Duvall is supposedly holding his hand over the doctor's desk and you'd expect to see that in the background, the viewer sees nothing but gray space behind his hand.

  • Quotes

    • (Opening Narration)
      Narrator: To the average person, a museum is a place of knowledge, a place of beauty and truth and wonder. Some people come to study, others to contemplate, others to look for the sheer joy of looking. Charley Parkes has his own reasons. He comes to the museum to get away from the world. It isn't really the sixty-cent cafeteria meal that has driven him here every day, it's the fact that here in these strange, cool halls he can be alone for a little while, really and truly alone. Anyway, that's how it was before he got lost and wandered in--to the Twilight Zone.

    • (after his return from the mental institution)
      Mrs. Parkes: Did they hurt you, Charley?
      Charley: Well, I heard they were gonna use shock therapy, and I hear that hurts quite a bit, but they decided not to when I got well.

    • (Closing Narration)
      Narrator: They never found Charley Parkes, because the guard didn't tell them what he saw in the glass case. He knew what they'd say, and he knew they'd be right, too, because seeing is not always believing--especially if what you see happens to be an odd corner of the Twilight Zone.

  • Notes

    • On Sci-Fi this episode is called "The Miniature".

    • After remaining unseen for many years, this episode was shown as part of a prime-time 25th Anniversary Special in 1984. For this broadcast, the dollhouse sequences were colorized by computer. Syndication packages between 1985 and 1988 sometimes included the version with the colorized sequence. Subsequently, the full black and white version is the one that now airs (especially on Sci-Fi Channel).

    • According to the first printing of Marc Scott Zicree's book The Twilight Zone Companion (@1982) this episode was the only one of the Season 4 hour-long installments that was not initially put into syndication. At the time of the series original package prepared for syndication, the episode was involved in a lawsuit. A script similar to "Miniature" called "The 13th Mannequin" had been submitted and rejected. Thus, plagiarism litigation was filed. However, both scripts came after the episode "The After Hours" which has a similar theme about it. Thus, a judge and an appeals court dismissed the case, but, after its initial airing, the episode remained shown only during its initial broadcast for many years. It has since been shown again, though.

    • This episode, as with all in Season 4, is an hour in running time. All episodes in Season 1-3 & 5 are only 30 minutes.

  • Allusions